Saturday, September 12, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 448

Saturday, September 12, 2009---844 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 51 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave:
John Rich.
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Reading:
Steve Hamilton’s “Night Work.”
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On the Hi Fi: “
The Best of Sam Cooke.”
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Under rated:
Jean Arthur.
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Quote: “Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.” – Economist
Adam Smith.
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Math 101: Millions claim to have been among the 400,000 at Woodstock 40 years ago.
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Must see TV: Saturday mornings during September, Turner Classic Movies will run the
1937 Dick Tracy serial (15 episodes). Ralph Byrd stars as Tracy. 9 AM in the East.
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Hmmm: Now that Memphis' 2008 Final Four finish has been vacated, shouldn't every bracket sheet from that year's NCAA tournament be re-evaluated? You might want to reconsider who actually won your office pool.
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Quote: From
Frank Deford on the ranking process in college football and basketball, “Nobody can even see many of them play. It’s like being in congress and voting on bills you know nothing about. So, it’s very American.”
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Truism: The AARP has morphed from a group that spoke for seniors to one that tries to make money from them.
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Rave: It is still difficult for me realize that “
Shane” was Brandon de Wilde’s movie debut. Not a bad way for a ten year old to start…with a Best Supporting Actor nomination. He died much too young at 30.
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Quote: “Freedom not only allows you to make your own rationing choices, but also produces vastly more products and services at cheap prices, so less rationing is necessary.” —Ann Coulter.
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Rant: MLB fining Red Sox closer
Jonathan Papelbon for slow play is the bozo move of the season. If MLB wants to speed up the games, it can start by prohibiting batters from stepping out of the box after every pitch. It wouldn't hurt, either, for umpires to start calling the high strike.
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Rant: Members of congress spend even less time on the job than tenured college professors.
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Just asking: Are the Orioles no longer a major-league franchise and somebody just forgot to tell us?
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Rant: Count me out for any movie that’s made out of either a cartoon or a video game.
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Slogan update: In the current administration, nothing is certain but death panels and taxes.
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Another Truism: The world will never run out of bimbos, global conflicts over oil, or vampire movies.
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Rant: Democrats have frantically voted down amendments that would prohibit coverage of illegal aliens and abortion. When presbo claimed, in his sales pitch, that the dims do not offer such coverage, the only thing he was being economical with, was the truth.
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Hmmm: Some call it profiling---I say it’s Statistics 101.
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Rant: The value of NFL exhibition games is dubious at best. The Detroit Lions were 4-0 in the 2008 preseason before going 0-16 during the real season. It is never a good idea to peak in August.
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Quote:
“To be a liberal in good standing, it is necessary to express (but never feel!) intense guilt for the misdeeds of other people, and none at all for your own.” ---Mike Kriskey.
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Yet another truism: Three men in the TV booth is one too many…in certain cases, it’s two too many.
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Rant: The bottom-of-the-screen scroll that espn2 uses for the US Open drives me crazy.
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Rave: It was great to see
Maria Sharapova back from shoulder surgery at the Open. In fact, it’s just great to see Maria Sharapova…her appearance at a tennis tournament increases the babe factor exponentially.
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Rave: The
McEnroe brothers provide great tennis commentary.
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Rave:
Melanie Oudin’s great run in the U.S. Open is the reason we love sports. At age seventeen, making it to the quarterfinals {beating three Russians along the way} gives the USA a potential star for the future. She has almost perfect footwork…as she gains strength, she could become dominant. The sisters Williams cannot play forever…perhaps Melanie will be the one to pick up the torch. Now, if the USA could just get a couple of men to challenge Murray, Federer and Nadal.
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Truism: Men’s doubles is so fast you can almost go blind watching it.
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Rave:
Roger Federer sets a high standard…as if he was from another world…a spectacular athlete.
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Quote: “In a thousand pages the democrats weren’t able to squeeze in one paragraph about tort reform. Perhaps they were trying to save paper.” —Ann Coulter.
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Final Truism: The shadows have crept across the
Rays’ moment in the sun, another team that can’t afford to pay all of its top young players…what a drag.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

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